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About The Bancroft Library Press

Nearly every semester, The Bancroft Library offers the course — "The Hand Printed Book in its Historical Context" — under the aegis of the Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies Department as UGIS 140. Open to both graduate and undergraduate students, the course emphasizes practical experience in the printing of the hand-made book by presenting a historical perspective on the various technologies involved in the production of printed books: type founding, paper making, binding, illustrations, and the evolution of the printing press itself.

Under the guidance of the instructor, students closely examine and discuss original printed books from the Bancroft collections ranging in date from the 15th century to the present. And as a group, these students handset and print a small publication on the library's cast iron presses — the Albion (ca. 1856) and the Reliance (ca. 1913). Only a very limited number of copies are made. As none of these publications are available for purchase, these exquisite volumes are only available for viewing in the Heller Reading Room.


The Bancroft Library Press Publications

None of The Bancroft Library Press Publications are for sale.
Copies are only available for viewing in the Reading Room.


2013

Cloud Pavilion: A Kyoto Suite
By John Brandi
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2013
Call number forthcoming

Six Poems
By Gary Young
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2013
Call number forthcoming

2012

And Who Wants Peace? Adrian Wilson at The Greenwood Press
By Adrian Wilson
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2012
Call number: pf Z232.W75.A3 2012

The Severist Manifesto
By Belle Randall
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2012
Fifty copies printed
Call number: pf PS3568.A488.S48 2012

Thom & Belle: A Constant Friendship
By Thom Gunn and Belle Randall
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2012
Fifty copies printed: bound in Canson wrappers
Call number: pf PS3568.A488.Z48 2012

2011

Prospero Alpino on Coffee
Translated by Brendan Haug
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2011
Forty copies printed: bound in Canson wrappers
Call number: pf RM246 A47 2011

Ecological Eclogues
By George R. Stewart
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2011
Forty copies printed: bound in Canson wrappers
Call number: pf PS3537.T48545.E36 2011

Anton Francesco Doni: Reflections on a Florentine Printer
By Jack Werner Stauffacher
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2011
Forty-five copies printed: bound in Canson wrappers
Call number: pf PQ4621.D5.Z875 2011

Bruce Conner: On Drugs (and Art)
By Bruce Conner with an introduction by Dean Smith
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2011
Forty-five copies printed: bound in Canson wrappers
Call number: pf NC139.C658.A3 2011

2010

On Board Orizaba
By Helen Hunt Jackson with an introduction by Dylan Esson
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2010
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf PS2107.O5 2011

Zapata and Mexican Land Reform
By Emiliano Zapata with an introduction by Paul Ramirez and translation by Charles Faulhaber
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2010
Thirty-five copies printed: bound in Canson wrappers
Call number: pf F1234.Z3 R36 2010

Jess: Seven Versions
By Jess
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2010
Forty-five copies printed: bound in Canson wrappers
Call number: pf PS3553.O4748.G3 2010

The Massacre at Sand Creek : Dictation taken from Mrs. J.W. Prowers, West Las Animas, July 19, 1886
By Amy Prowers
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2010
Forty-six copies printed
Call number: pf E83.863 .P76 2010

2009

Letters from Mississippi
By Mario Savio
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2009
Seventy-five copies printed
Call number: pf E185.93.M6 S38 2009

Our First Great Blue Columbine
By Florence Merriam Bailey
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2009
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf SB413.C634 B34 2009

My School House
By Elizabeth Powell
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2009
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf LC5147.C2 P6 2009

2008

Rights of Beast
By Michael McClure
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2008
Forty-five copies printed: bound in illustrated paper wrappers
Call number: pf PS3563.A262.R5 2008

2007

Book Thieves and Literary Spirits: Hubert Howe Bancroft Award Acceptance Speech
By Isabel Allende
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2007
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf PQ8098.1.L54.B66 2007

Jess: Three Poems
By Jess with an afterword by Norma Cole
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2007
Thirty-five copies printed: bound in gray paper wrappers
Call number: pf PS3553.O4748.J47 2007

2006

My Dear Mac: Three Letters by Ambrose Bierce
By Ambrose Bierce with an introduction by Gray Brechin
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2006
Thirty copies printed: bound in dark red paper wrappers
Call number: pf PS1097.Z5.A4 2006

2005

123 W. Longitude, 38 N. Latitude: Anne W. Booth's 1849 Journal
By Anne W. Booth with an introduction by Theresa Salazar
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2005
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf F865.B668 2005

Map Poems
By Jack Spicer with an introduction by Kevin Killian and Peter Gizzi
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2005
Thirty-five copies printed: bound in brown paper wrappers
Call number: pf PS3569.P47.M37 2005

2004

April 18, 1906: From the Knox Papers
Introduction by Theresa Salazar
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2004
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf F869.S3.A67 2004

In the Line of the Grotesque and Monstrous
By Clark Ashton Smith with an introduction by D.S. Black
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2004
Fifty copies printed: bound in burnt orange wrappers
Call number: pf PS3537.M335.Z487 2004

2003

Africa
By Ruth Weiss
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2003
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf PS3573.E46.A35 2003

2002

The Narrative of H.D. La Motte, California Adventurer: His Account of the Discovery of Humboldt Bay
By Harry Didier La Motte with an introduction by Gray Brechin
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2002
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf F868.H8.L2 2002

A Bear Hunt: Narrative of a Journey from St. Louis to California, via Fort Leavenworth, Fort Union and Santa Fe, and Thence Across Arizona, 1857-1858
By Henry Washington Carver
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2000
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: SK295.C38 2002

2001

Britomar's Road Diaries: August 1935
By Britomar Lathrop
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2001
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf CT275.L2765.B7 2001

Crystals
By Philip Lamantia
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2001
Forty-five copies printed, sewn into Fabriano wrappers
Call number: pf PS3562.A42.C79 2001

2000

Select One or More: Poems
By Ted Joans
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2000
Bound in brown paper wrappers and inscribed by the author
Call number: pf PS3560.O2.S35 2000

Bloody Murder in San Francisco
By Llewellyn Zublin with an introduction by Theresa Salazar
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2000
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf F869.S3.Z8 2000

1999

Antoninus on Antoninus: A Letter From Brother Antoninus to Allan Campo
By William Everson with and introduction by Allan Campo
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1999
Fifty copies printed: bound in green paper wrappers
Call number: pf PS3509.V65.Z483 1999

A Display of Printing Types
Edited by Les Ferriss
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1999
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf Z250.D57 1999

1998

The Last Words of Arthur Rimbaud
By Barry Gifford
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1998
Forty copies printed: signed by the author
Call number: pf PS3557.I283.L37 1998

Seeing the Elephant: Excerpts From the Gold Rush Journal of E.A. Ingalls
By E.A. Ingalls and edited by Les Ferriss
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1998
Thirty-five copies printed.
Call number: pf F865.I49 1998

1997

My Dear Rearden: A Letter
By Ambrose Bierce
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1997
Call number: pf PS1097.Z5.A4 1997

Letters From a Young Writer
By Thomas Sanchez
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1997
Forty-five copies printed
Call number: pf PS3569.A469.Z483 1997, copies 1 & 2

1996

From Work-In-Progress
By Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1996
Fifty copies printed: bound in illustrated paper wrappers
Call number: f PS3511.E557.F7 1996

Soul Cinders
By Michael McClure
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1996
Forty-five copies printed: bound in red paper wrappers
Call number: PS3563.A262.S67 1996

1995

Would You Like to Saddle Up a Couple of Goldfish and Swim to Alaska?
By Richard Brautigan with an introduction by Burton I. Weiss
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1995
Fifty copies printed
Call number: PS3503.R2736.W6 1995

The Sparrows Move South: Early Poems
By Gary Soto
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1995
Thirty-five copies printed: signed by the author
Call number: p PS3569.O72.S6 1995

1994

A Letter from Guatemala
By Gomez Diaz de la Reguera with an introduction by Anne Mohr and translated by Vikki DuRee
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1994
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf F1463.3.D5 1994

Lumberjacks & Cowboys
By Elers Koch
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1994
Thirty-five copies printed: bound in gray illustrated paper wrappers
Call number: p F731.5.K6 1994

1993

Exploring the Edge: Giustiniani's Account of Columbus in the Margins of the 1516 Polyglot Psalter
By Agostino Giustiniani
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1993
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: p E111.G5 1993

Type Founders' Grievance: Reprinted From Caslon's Circular, Volume III, Number 8, January 1877
Introduction by Hermann Zapf
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1993
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: p Z589.T9 1993

1992

A Sea Journey
By Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1992
Thirty-five copies printed: bound in blue paper wrappers
Call number: PS3511.E557.S42 1992; A6.5 no.421

An Account of Type Founding: Reprinted From Caslon's Circular Volume II, Number 5 January 1876
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1992
Thrity-five copies printed
Call number: pf Z250.A533 1992

1991

Upon Hearing Leonard Wolf's Poem on a Madhouse, January 13, 1947
By Robert Edward Duncan
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1991
Forty-one copies printed
Call number: pf PS3507.U629.U6 1991

1990

An Earthly Paradise
By Katherine Adams
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1990
Thirty copies printed
Call number: Z232.M872.A43 1990

1989

Sarah Prideaux: A Pupil's Tribute
By Katharine Adams
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1989
Twenty-five copies printed
Call number: Z269.2P75.A43 1989

Walks About Berkeley
By Cornelius Beach Bradley
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1989
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf F869.B5.B84 1989

1988

A Typeface for the University: Being a Letter Written by Frederic W. Goudy in December 1936
By Frederic W. Goudy
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1988
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: pf Z232.G68.A425 1988

1987

Boscovich in Baja California
By Ruggero Giuseppe Boscovich, edited with an introduction by Robin E. Rider, and translated by Roger Hahn
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1987
Twenty-five copies printed
Call number: p Q143.B7.A33 1987

Receipts from Newton Cottage
Berkeley, CA: Bancroft Library Press, 1987
Thirty copies printed
Call number: p TX717.R4 1987

1986

A Collection of Printed Books of Hours at The Bancroft Library
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1986
Twenty-five copies printed
Call number: p Z7838.H6.B3 1986

Wooded Up in Log Town: A Letter From the Gold Fields, 1851
By William Binur
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1986
Thirty copies printed
Call number: p F865.B55 1986

1985

A Supper in Montmartre
By Harriet Lane Levy
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1985
Thirty copies printed
Call number: f F860.L575.A3 1985

1984

"I Do Set a Clean Proof"
By Mark Twain
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1984
Twenty-five copies printed
Call number: p PS1331.A3 1984

A Selection of Type Ornaments: The Merrymount Press Collection of Daniel Berkeley Updike Now at The Bancroft Library
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1984
Twenty-five copies printed
Call number: pf Z232.M515.S4 1984

1983

On Making the Emerson Type
By Joseph Blumenthal
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1983
Twenty copies printed
Call number: pf Z250.E52.B5 1983

Fighting Terms: A Selection
By Thom Gunn
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1983
Twenty-five copies printed: bound in black wrappers
Call number: pf PR6013.U65.F5 1983

Dear Mr. de Coverly: Six Letters Written Between 1883 & 1914
By T. J. Cobden-Sanderson
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1983
Thirty-five copies printed
Call number: TYP AA1.A3.C564 1983


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